The penultimate time trial stage of the 2020 Tour de France turned the race on its head. With a stunning ride, Tadej Pogačar put time into everyone to take the overall lead. As Tadej said at the time it was a team effort, and one of the links in the UAE Team Emirates chain was DS Allan Peiper, Ed Hood managed to 'have a word'.
After 18 years of covering le Tour de France, we've amassed a huge archive of classically PEZ reportage, including what may the earliest piece of PEZ material ever recorded, a once lost piece of rare video of ace cycling commentator Phil Liggett actually interviewing me! Grab a coffee and let’s set the ‘Way-Back’ machine to 1990...
Tour de France fans this year will see more cool graphics, rider and race data, speeds, power output, and even predictions on when the break would be caught and who would win. Thanks to NTT - who specialize in collecting and applying data. But how does it all work? I talked with NTT's Peter Gray about how capturing over 150,000 points of data per hour is transforming our Tour viewing experience.
There seems to be a lot of young British riders turning pro recently: Jake Stewart and Matthew Walls, to name two. Ed Hood caught up with Lewis Askey, who is with the Continental Groupama-FDJ team and, hopefully, heading towards a pro contract, to hear how he faired the Covid-19 lockdown and life with Groupama-FDJ.
From the first Japanese Grand Tour finisher, Masatoshi Ichikawa, to a rider who fought through the hard knocks of life in the low counties. Ed Hood talks to Masahiko Mifune who plied his trade on a bike for nearly fifteen years as a professional.
So how far could you ride in 12 hours? How about 325.5 miles, or 523.84 kilometres. Triathlete, Joe Skipper left his running shoes and swim suit at home and took on the British 12 Hour record. Joe spoke to Ed Hood after his phenomenal ride.
Chris Selden was recently at the headquarters of the Australian Cycling Academy on the Sunshine Coast in Australia where he was lucky enough to catch up with two former stars turned team managers. Matt Wilson of FDJ, Garmin, GreenEdge and track star Ben Kersten.